Next Sunday 19 November is DonateLife Thank You Day, dedicated to honouring living and deceased organ and tissue donors and their families across the nation.
In the lead up to Thank You Day, Aged Care Minister and Indigenous Health Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, is encouraging all Australians to reflect on the life-changing benefits of organ and tissue
donation and those who make the gift of life possible.
“This day is an opportunity to say a special ‘thank you’ to those who have given so many Australians a second chance at life through the gift of donation,” said Minister Wyatt.
“This selfless act has a far reaching effect. Each of us has the potential to save the lives of up to 10 people as an organ donor, and one tissue donor can transform the lives of 30 or more
Since January this year, more than 140,000 Australians have made the potentially lifesaving decision to join the organ donor register
“I encourage everyone to follow their lead, make their decision count and discuss this with their families,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Then go to the Australian Organ Donor Register at www.donatelife.gov.au and complete the instant registration. All you need is your Medicare card, and a minute or two can make a lifetime
of difference to someone in future.”
So far this year:
- There are 6.4 million donors on the Australian Organ Donor Register.
- 1,063 Australians received a life-saving transplant thanks to the generosity of 381 donors and their families.
- 194 Australians received a kidney transplant from living donors, including 31 through the Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program.
There are around 1,300 Australians on wait lists for a life-saving transplant at any one time, and a further 12,000 Australians on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.
“On DonateLife Thank You Day next Sunday, I ask all Australians to participate by posting a thank you message or video and sharing it via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #ThankYouDay and #DonateLife hashtags,” said Minister Wyatt.
For more information about how to get involved in DonateLife Thank You Day visit donatelife.gov.au
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck